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Netsmart Technologies Software Supports Shawnee Mental Health Center Integrated Mental Health and Primary Care Initiative

Wed, 11/03/2010 - 12:33pm
Bio-Medicine.Org

GREAT RIVER, N.Y., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Netsmart Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of software and services for health and human services organizations, announced that one if its mental health provider customers, Shawnee (Ohio) Mental Health Center, is achieving positive results from a mental health/primary care initiative that utilizes Netsmart's Avatar™ clinical and practice management software for the integrated service initiative.

Shawnee Mental Health Center, located in Portsmouth, Ohio, is a private, non-profit community mental health center that operates four outpatient clinics serving 5,200 adults and children each year in three Ohio counties.

More than 360 Shawnee Mental Health Center clients have received primary care services since the program's inception; Shawnee's goal is to serve more than 1,000 by the end of 2013. Positive outcomes include weight loss, increased exercise and reduced smoking in their client base, as well as discovery and treatment of previously undiagnosed illnesses such as elevated blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.

"Our research showed that many of our clients did not have a regular primary care physician," said Don Thacker, executive director, Shawnee Mental Health Center. "In order to meet our goal of providing the highest level of care possible, we really wanted to do our part to help our clients lead longer, healthier lives."

A Netsmart customer since 1985, Shawnee now uses Netsmart's Avatar Clinician Workstation (CWS) solution, a comprehensive EHR for behavioral health that integrates the clinical tools necessary for an interdisciplinary approach to the delivery of care. They also use Netsmart's Avatar Practice Management (PM) software, a modular, customizable practice management software solution that efficiently manages scheduling, billing and treatment planning and other key processes.

Shawnee used Avatar's RADplus modeling feature to create forms to document a p

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